Presenting, The 2011 NBA All-Star Game StartersCategory: Basketball
The results are officially in!
After months of online voting by fans at NBA.com, the starters for 2011 NBA All-Star Game to be held at the STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California on Sunday, February 20, 2011 have been identified.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant is this year’s leading vote-getter in the NBA All-Star Balloting program presented by T-Mobile with 2,380,016 votes. It is Bryant’s 13th consecutive All-Star selection, just one shy of the record 14 shared by three: Jerry West, Karl Malone and Shaquille O’Neal.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard came in second with 2,099,204 and he leads the Eastern Conference.
This is the complete list of starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game:
Eastern Conference All-Stars
Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat)
Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
Amar’e Stoudemire (New York Knicks)
LeBron James (Miami Heat)
Western Conference All-Stars
Chris Paul (New Orleans Hornets)
Kobe Bryant (LA Lakers)
Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)
Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)
Since Yao is already out for the season due to injuries (stress fracture in his left ankle), NBA Commissioner David Stern will select his replacement.
The NBA All-Star Game reserves are yet to be identified. In selecting the reserves, the 30 NBA head coaches must vote for seven players within their conference, including two guards, two forwards, a center and two players regardless of position. Coaches are not permitted to vote for players on their team. After the coaches select the reserves, if a player is unable to participate in the All-Star Game, Commissioner Stern will select a replacement. Reserves will be announced February 3, on TNT.
The coach for the Western Conference team is San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich while the coach for the Eastern Conference team is yet to be identified.
The 2011 NBA All-Star Balloting presented by T-Mobile, with associate partner 2K Sports, allowed fans around the world to vote daily for their favorite players as starters for the 2011 NBA All-Star Game, which will air live on TNT and ESPN Radio in the U.S., and reach fans in more than 200 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.
Watch the All-Star Game LIVE stream online which will be played at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 20.
UPDATE February 1, 2011: The Boston Celtics clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record through games of February 6 after winning over the Sacramento Kings today 95-90. That means, Doc Rivers will coach the East in the NBA All-Star game.
UPDATE February 3, 2011: The Boston Celtics Big Four of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen and Rajon Rondo leads the All-Star reserves as selected by the coaches today.
UPDATE February 17, 2011: Gregg Popovich selected San Antonio Spurs star Tim Duncan to replace Yao Ming as the starter at the center position for the Western squad.
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